Gerrans, Rhein Named to MPSF All-Academic Team
Kyle Gerrans and Scott Rhein rewarded for success both on the court and in the classroom.
May 27, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – After a phenomenal campaign that helped lead the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to a co-first place finish in the MPSF regular season standings, senior Kyle Gerrans and junior Scott Rhein were rewarded for their work in the classroom as well. The pair picked up MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honors, as announced by the league today.
In order to be selected, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically, have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being received and have competed in at least 50-percent of the season's matches.
Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) recently graduated with a 3.39 GPA from Pepperdine’s Seaver College with a degree economics.
The senior started in all 26 matches for the Waves, and was just one of two student-athletes to appear in all 98 sets. He ranked third on the team with a 2.66 kills per set average. The well-rounded contributor also produced 1.58 digs, 0.60 blocks and 0.21 aces.
In his Firestone Fieldhouse finale, Gerrans put down a career-high 17 kills to lead Pepperdine to a 3-1 triumph over Long Beach State in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.
He etched his name in the record books following his performance at UC San Diego on Feb. 15. Gerrans delivered six aces in the 3-0 win, tying the program record for aces in a three-set match and tied for fifth overall.
Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy) was a key contributor, often coming off the bench to provide serving support, but also could be counted on to fill a vacancy on the pin. The junior appeared in 24 matches in 2014, starting as outside hitter in three.
On Feb. 22 vs. Cal Baptist, Rhein sent a career-high five aces to the floor in a 3-1 win over the Lancers. At UC San Diego the week prior, the outside hitter tallied a season-best nine kills.
He averaged 1.80 kills per set in his three starts and boasts a 3.10 GPA as an international business major.
The Waves finished the season tied for first with BYU in the MPSF regular season standings with an 18-6 record. They concluded the year at 19-7 after advancing to the conference tournament semifinals – the Waves deepest postseason run since 2009.
This is the second time Gerrans has made the all-academic roster, having first done so in 2012. He was on track to earn the award in 2013, but an ankle injury caused the outside hitter to fall short of the 50-percent minimum for matches played in. This is Rhein’s second-straight appearance on the all-academic squad.